Rosemary tea makes an excellent breath freshener and is a good antiseptic gargle too. Beauty expert, Angela Lopez of Belle-Toi in Bournemouth, recommends having plenty of these attractive evergreens growing in your garden but remember there’s a wise old saying that Rosemary will not grow well unless the mistress is ‘master’!
Place pots of rosemary on your work desk as it could be a lifesaver during December when there’s mistletoe around!
Rosemary thrives in well-drained soil and a sunny sheltered position and does well in pots provided it is not over watered and fed only after flowering. It’s a great favourite for cooking, especially with lamb and poultry and its strong, pine-like flavour, which has a hint of lemon makes it perfect for flavouring food on the barbecue – simply throw a couple of twigs on the coals to give off a delicious aroma or use its tough woody stems as skewers for kebabs.
The narrow aromatic evergreen foliage can be gathered all year and is invaluable for floral arranging too. And as rosemary shoots root very easily, you might be lucky and find roots growing on twigs that you’ve used in winter vases
Where space is limited, the variety Miss Jessop’s Upright looks delightful growing against a sunny wall or fence and here it will bloom two or the times in the year. Rosemary, as well as mint and lavender can be used to energize any situation so it’s useful to have a few pots to hand on the patio, so that when friends drop by for an impromptu lunch you’ll all feel lively and chatty. Rosemary is also good for repelling insects so will be much appreciated on hot sultry days.
Rosemary keeps its flavour well when cooked so it’s a perfect for favouring winter casseroles. It will easily liven up a tomato sauce for pasta too.
As rosemary is well known as being helpful in improving memory, it’s worth having a bush or two in pots by your front door so you can have a quick fondle of the leaves to prepare you for a busy day at work!
Rosemary’s flared blue-purple flowers attract mason bees, flower bees, bumblebees and honeybees. It starts flowering in spring and can continue throughout the year – even winter
Rosemary is a rich source of manganese, a mineral that helps minimize wrinkles and protects the skin from damage. So whether you add it to your food, drink it as tea or make beauty products, you can rely on it to help protect skin cells that have been damaged by the sun.
According to Angela, rosemary’s natural antiseptic properties, makes a superb skin toner and hair tonic. To defy aging, Angela recommends moisturising your scalp with rosemary oil to darken grey hair and get rid of dandruff.
Angela also suggests applying rosemary oil to your freshly washed face with a cotton ball, to improve its elasticity and reduce age spots. It will also get rid of puffiness around the eyes but you should allow the oil to dissolve into your skin to work its magic before applying your usual moisturiser.
Rosemary oil is a saviour if you’re out on the tiles and forgotten your toothbrush and deodorant. Simply gargle with rosemary oil and mix it with a dash of apple cider vinegar to wipe away all traces of body odour from your underarms. Rosemary oil also has properties that kill bacteria, fungi and viruses on the skin, which make it ideal for using on minor wounds and burns, or on problem skin that’s affected by dermatitis, acne, eczema or psoriasis.
MAKE YOUR OWN ROSEMARY OIL
Add rosemary oil to apple cider to make a delicious smelling hair rinse, which is especially good for dull, lifeless dark hair
Pick a handful of fresh rosemary and allow it to dry in a warm, dark area overnight then loosely pack into a glass jar until it is two-thirds full.
Cover the rosemary with high-quality extra virgin olive oil so that it is completely immersed. Then gently stir before sealing the jar and placing it on a warm sunny windowsill.
Shake the jar gently every day for 2-3 weeks after which you can strain the mixture through a piece of muslin to separate the herbs from the oil.
Pour the rosemary oil into a sterile glass jar and place in a cool dark place to allow any water and impurities to settle.
Carefully pour the clean oil into a coloured glass jar and keep in the fridge until needed. Use it as an anti-ageing cleanser and to treat dry skin conditions.
SKIN TONER RECIPE
Use daily to reduce age spots, treat acne and leave you with a fresh radiant glow.
Combine 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary with 2 cups of water and bring it to the boil. Then reduce the heat to simmer until the liquid, is reduced by half. Cool then sieve through and fine strainer and add 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.
ROSEMARY AND STRAWBERRY DETOX
These powerhouse ingredients make a delicious drink that will make you feel good and improve your brain functions
Rosemary is especially good at waking up your appetite. It is also useful for treating a cough, headache, high blood pressure, and reducing age-related memory loss. Strawberries are packed with antioxidants like Vitamin C and will reduce risks of heart disease, stroke, and cancer.
TAKE NOTE: if you have high blood pressure or digestive disorders, you should check with your doctor before using rosemary at it can interact with certain medications, including blood thinners, diabetes medications and diuretics.